Strategy mainstreams environmental work
The national strategy and action plan for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, entitled “Saving Nature for People”, was approved by a government resolution in December 2012. The main objective of the strategy is to halt biodiversity loss in Finland by 2020. It places economic and cultural values related to biodiversity at the heart of decision-making on the use of natural resources.
The strategy and the supplementary action plan implement the Convention on Biological Diversity.
The biodiversity strategy rests on a solid basis in terms of international agreements. It implements the decisions made two years ago at the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, intended to improve global implementation of the Convention. The strategy also takes account of the objectives of the European Union, and is based on a number of comprehensive national studies on the state of biodiversity in Finland, and the factors influencing it.